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Importing a DXF and adjusting for a Slip-Fit construction method

In this video, I help a customer fix problems with an imported DXF file using VCarvePRO. This video reviews scaling functions and how to adjust a file for accurate slip-fit joints. As usual, I get a little off-topic, but this video is full of small tips and tricks to help you work with VCarvePRO. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at YetiSmartBench.com/CONTACT . Thanks!

New naming conventions in VCarvePRO - v10.5

Vectric recently released version 10.5 of their VCarvePRO software.
There are SEVERAL new features that will make designing and modifying drawings more efficient, but here’s a quick tip regarding saving toolpaths to the Yeti SmartBench and letting the software merge the toolpaths, but still give you a great naming convention so the flow of the process at the console is much easier. #VectricLtd

Nesting several different designs with different quantities - VCarvePRO

Using VCarvePRO, v10.5, this video shows how to nest different quantities of parts in the sheet. It took me a few minutes to see how to do it, so I wanted to throw a quick video up showing how it’s done. Very simple, I just was not initially headed down the right path with the process.

In this video I show the recently released Yeti Precision model Zhead with the new 1kw Yeti branded spindle.

I’ll go through some of the updates in the Zhead tower and accessories, as well as my general impressions after having used the unit for several weeks.

Designing a surfacing routine in VCarvePRO

This video shows how to design a surfacing routine using VCarvePRO. An earlier video shows why surfacing is so important when engraving because even very minor thickness (.040″) differences in your material can drastically affect the outcome of your project. The earlier video also shows how your bit selection can offset these very minor surface irregularities if prefer to have a rougher, more irregular surface. CNC machining gives you many options that should be considered with your projects, that’s where the artistry comes back in!

Depth of cut issues? Check first that your material is dead flat when engraving - and a few options if you PREFER a more rustic top surface.

I had a customer email and sending in a few pictures of one of his products – a great looking US flag that also had some fine letter engraving.  He had run this program before and had no issues, but on a recent product, the stars ended up different sizes and some engraving was not readable.  The solution seems to be that his work surface was not flat and he probably touched off on a high spot (so the engraving was too light) and where he touched off was LOWER than the material at some of the stars…  this video shows what happens when your material is out of flat — even just 40/1000s — and a few options to eliminate this issue.

Surfacing a 6" thick 49"x54" slab

This video ended up with a failed project because of the slab moving – because of the way it was cut originally.  Hopefully, the family will still come up with a solution for the slab because it had history with them.  This is a longer video, but goes through the whole process of evaluating the piece, how it’s held down, cutting decisions and software work.

Using VCarve and the SmartBench to cut a mortise for a squared tenon

I had a customer email asking what was the best technique to use to cut a mortise for a square-cornered tenon.  VCarvePRO has several options to handle this, and also allows for overcutting to allow glue gaps and help with ease of insertion.

Designing a smaller part to be machined on a 4x8' SmartBench spoilboard - VCarvePRO

This video helped me show a customer (who primarily will be working with a full 4’x8′ spoilboard) how to design a smaller part to be cut on the SmartBench.  This example uses VCarvePRO, which I can provide to my customers and can help with training and setup.

Squaring the Lower Beam

This video is apart of our How To Square The SmartBench Axes playlist – watch til the end or click the link below to go straight to the next video.
Remember — this is already done at the factory during testing — this video is for users that feel the need to make additional adjustments.

Setting the YRacks to be Equal

This video is apart of our How To Square The SmartBench Axes playlist – watch til the end or click the link below to go straight to the next video.  
Remember — this is already done at the factory during testing — this video is for users that feel the need to make additional adjustments.

Setting the Upper XBeam square to the YBeam

This video will show you how to square your upper X beam against the Y bench. This video is apart of our How To Square The SmartBench Axes playlist.
Remember — this is already done at the factory during testing — this video is for users that feel the need to make additional adjustments.

How to upgrade to adjustable XBeam skids

This video will show you how to install your new X beam skids. This video is apart of our How To Square The SmartBench Axes playlist – watch til the end or click the link below to go straight to the next video.

Manual vs Auto Square Procedure

In this video we explain the difference between Manual Squaring and SmartBench’s Auto Squaring feature.

Overview - how to make the XY Axes square

This process is already done at the plant before shipping your unit, however, if you need to adjust your SmartBench, here are the steps we use at the factory.

Remember — this is already done at the factory during testing — this video is for users that feel the need to make additional adjustments.

Yeti introduction of ShapeCutter --- see also my version (5 videos below)

Introducing the first in YetiTool’s new line of groundbreaking CNC apps. Design and cut shapes straight from SmartBench, without the need for a computer or CAD/CAM design software.

SketchUP pulled right into VCarve Pro - quick example

As a follow-up to the previous idea of designing in SketchUP and then bringing the drawing into VCarvePRO in order to toolpath it, this is a quick video showing the process.

SketchUP - vacuum table ideas - design and concept

This is a design for a torsion box based vacuum table I will be building and testing for the Yeti SmartBench. This is still a work in progress, as I am not sure how many holes to drill in the spoilboard etc.

Best Practices for duplicating a submital drawing - vcarve Pro

I had a customer call to schedule a quick review on best practices using Vectric VCarvePRO to exactly duplicate a drawing supplied by a customer. He needed hole placement to match – exactly. Like all software programs, there are several ways to get there — I’ll show you 2 quick ways to get perfect placement of your details.

Shape Cutter
Yetis first console app
making snakewood rings

Yeti just released it’s first of the console apps.  In this video, I will run you through the app and will make a replacement ring out of snakewood, designing the entire project at the console – no additional computer or software required!

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A quick video showing how to set up a parking spot on the SmartBench.

Engraved sign - 28"x68" To be painted later

This is a quick sign I made for the lobby of the SmartBench showroom.  I share the entryway with Kurtie Arts.  Kurtie teaches art classes and has a wonderful knack for getting kids to be expressive and free.  The lyrics are from a song by Harry Chapin, and, like many of Chapins songs, sometimes you have to look at things (the sign) differently to get the meaning. 

Quick cut in MDF; designed with Vectric VCarvePRO; cut with 60 degree VBit from Woodcraft; a quick coat of rattle can lacquer; and a few coats of white paint – then on to Kurtie and her students to finish it.

Aaron shows how to set up the wheels on the ZHead.  We’ve done this already for you at the plant, but you should be familiar with the processes to keep your SmartBench in tip-top shape.

First time working with Rowmark 2color material

I had a prospective customer that builds control boards send me some material to engrave/label a control panel that will have lights, alarm status, switches etc. for different rooms in a facility.  Depth of cut is very important, as is the shape of the cutter.  This is a 2 video process — first decided on bit shape and depth of cut, then surfaced the spoilboard and did another trial cut.  3 passes to demo repeatability in first video; finished cut in second video.  .1374″ tall letters – small font.

Tips and Tricks - XBeam above the material options

In this video, I’ll show you a few different options I use if I am cutting a material and would prefer NOT to use the Yeti double roller hold-down system.  I show you risers made from scrap material – both that the wheels can ride on or that elevate the XBeam – both options providing a very stable base for machining.  Make the SmartBench work efficiently for YOU! 

Yeti software update - available now - V0.4

Ed catches us up on the latest Software releases (V0.4) and teases some upcoming features for SmartBench.

SmartBench calibration app - live in v 4.0 - update now

In this video, Lizzie shows the new calibration appfor the SmartBench.  This is already done at the plant when the machines are assembled and tested, but you should check you calibration as part of your 320 hour maintenance or if the machine is cutting out of square – typically this is because of being bumped while loading or unloading the machine – so a quick run through of this process brings you back to getting accurate cuts.  The entire process takes only a few minutes to perform, and makes your portable system the Smart tool that it is!   Please note – currently, the calibration app requires you to use a tape measure with METRIC values – please do not convert Imperial to metric – use a metric tape.  There are other videos (below) that also deal with calibration, but this is a bit updated by adding an app to the touchscreen console.  The videos below are still useful, because they explain some of the logic behind this app.

Unboxing the SmartBench - what to expect upon delivery

In this video, I will show you a quick video about what to expect when you receive your Yeti SmartBench.  We are typically shipping to the USA and Canada in 4 boxes – the Y beam (in a plywood box), the upper and lower X beams, the Zhead with spindle and console, and a box for the legs.  There are other videos about assembling the SmartBench (see below). 

How to calibrate your SmartBench

In this video, Ed shows how to calibrate your SmartBench.  This is already done when the machines are assembled and tested at the plant, but you should check you calibration as part of your 320 hour maintenance.  The entire process, as well as an online app to make and adjustments is available at https://www.yetitool.com/support/maintenance#320%20Hours%20Check  .

2020-02-03 – note – there is now an app on the console start-up screen that quickly walks you through the steps.  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCfsGJc5yKs).

How to Square the XY axes

In this video, we will show you how to square the XY axes. This is already done at the factory when your unit is new, but with normal wear or if you change out some of your components, you need to be able to maintain squareness — and here is how it’s done!

AMB spindle maintenance - replacing brushes and thumb switch replacement

In this video, I show how to replace the brushes in the AMB spindle and also replace the thumb power switch.  Being a brushed motor, customers should have a supply of brushes on-hand so they can efficiently maintain their spindles.

Cutting 1/8" aluminum composite

In this quick video, I show initial cuts on an aluminum composite (aluminum on 2 sides of substrate) used in the sign industry.  I cut my logo, noting different speeds.  Since the material has a plastic protective coating, it’s hard to see at what speed the cut may degrade.  I will post additional videos with signmaking materials in the coming weeks.

X & Y Wheel setting and adjustments

In this video, Ed shows how the wheels are adjusted at the plant prior to shipping and how they can be adjusted in the field.

4'x8' SIGN FOR DEMO AREA

This was the first project I produced when the SmartBench arrived.  It’s a 4×8 sign that will hang on the wall in the demo area.  23 minutes for the sign.

2'x3' CARVE-AWAY TECHNIQUE ON AN INDOOR SIGN

In this project, I use a carve-away technique to produce an indoor sign for a friend that works in a cabinet shop a few doors down from the showroom.

HOW TO HOLD MEDIUM SIZED MATERIALS

Mac shows how we hold medium sized parts when cutting production parts used on the Yeti SmartBench.

How to hold a large format panel

In this video, Mac reviews how Yeti Tool, Ltd, uses the SmartBench with  a nested pane of parts used during shipments of the SmartBench.

SmartBench: Beam Clamping Technology

In this video Ed explains just how SmartBench is able to be both lightweight and portable, yet rigid enough in operation to achieve fast, accurate cuts.

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Quick summary view of rough carving a 3D object using Fusion 360

Smartbench
3 minute assembly

Ed shows the assembly of the Yeti SmartBench in 3 minutes – describing each step as he goes along.

3 minutes to assemble a 4’x8′ 3D CNC machine onsite!

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AWFS submittal for Visionary Products Competion 2019

Smartbench powerpoint presentation

A quick PowerPoint presentation for the Yeti SmartBench – full size panel processing, portable, industrial grade 3D CNC router.  May 2019.

NOTE – June 2019 – we adjusted the pricing to include shipping direct to customer site and modified the machine design so that all wiring looms are now field replaceable by the consumer.  This change  required modifying the price to $5995 – delivered to customer site in USA – (including import taxes and shipping) – plus applicable local taxes.  Canadian users – (September 9, 2019) – We have units in production heading to Canada to be inspected and CSA certified.  Contact us for more information.

Mac makes a custom monitor stand

follow along as Mac makes a monitor stand for his desk.  Designed and CAM work in Fusion.  April 2019.

Q&A with ed sells

Ed answers a number of questions sent in by viewers. December 2018.

early smartbench demo video

This is an early video, posted December, 2018.  Since that time, we have made several design changes and improvements, but it helps you see how the Yeti SmartBench has evolved.

 

Using VCarve and the SmartBench to cut a mortise for a squared tenon

I had a customer email asking what was the best technique to use to cut a mortise for a square-cornered tenon.  VCarvePRO has several options to handle this, and also allows for overcutting to allow glue gaps and help with ease of insertion.

Using VCarve and the SmartBench to cut a mortise for a squared tenon

I had a customer email asking what was the best technique to use to cut a mortise for a square-cornered tenon.  VCarvePRO has several options to handle this, and also allows for overcutting to allow glue gaps and help with ease of insertion.

Using VCarve and the SmartBench to cut a mortise for a squared tenon

I had a customer email asking what was the best technique to use to cut a mortise for a square-cornered tenon.  VCarvePRO has several options to handle this, and also allows for overcutting to allow glue gaps and help with ease of insertion.